Maggiolina: A Lamp by Alessandro Zambelli for .exnovo Maggiolina A Lamp by Alessandro Zambelli for

.exnovo, pioneers in their use of 3D printing when it comes to lighting, launched the Maggiolina lamp, by Alessandro Zambelli, at this year’s Maison et Objet.

Zambelli took a look at science mixed with fantasy and drew from the surreal-like nature of metamorphosis. Much like the transformation in Franz Kafka’s novella, The Metamorphosis, Zambelli’s idea transforms from a beetle into a playful lamp.

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Maggiolina is a metamorphosis that is inspired by the incredible world of entomology. It is a curious subject, but one that boasts an illustrious precedent: it was in fact Kafka who talked about how one could wake up transformed into an insect.

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The beetle that becomes a lamp. Here then in the rounded and compact shape of the sintered nylon diffuser we perceive the delicate armour of the elytra, which reveals the light source within.
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The visual play continues and suggests, in the crafted ceramic base too, new parts and comparisons.
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The materials (shade \ structure) are laser sintered polyamide \ ceramic and the colours are in white, marsala, teal and mustard.

via: Design Milk

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